Ohio River & Lake Workers at Risk of Serious Injury
Working conditions on large transport vessels and on docks and piers can be particularly dangerous, and each year on Lake Erie and the Ohio River many serious injuries occur. Injuries may result from defective machinery, large equipment malfunction, poor management, a negligent crew, or an unsafe work environment.
If an injury does occur, workers on Ohio’s waterways are often eligible for federal protection and benefits under the Jones Act or Longshore and Harbor Workers’ Compensation Act. However, when claims for compensation are denied under these systems, an injured employee may look for rightful compensation elsewhere. There may be several ways to pay for medical expenses and lost wages, and an experienced labor attorney may be able to investigate an accident and determine the best course of legal action.
Litigating personal injury claims against a negligent employer can be essential in recovering large gaps in income and expenses, and the Lyon Firm may be able to assist you.
Joe Lyon is an Ohio personal injury attorney, experienced in filing successful workplace injury claims on behalf of victims and their family.
Common Types Injuries Suffered by Ohio Waterway Workers
- Crane Accidents
- Crush Injuries
- Overboard Accidents & Drownings
- Benzene Exposure Cancer
- Hoist Accidents
- Trauma Injuries
- Eye Injury
- Defective Equipment Injuries
Can any Injured Worker File a Claim Against an Employer?
Ohio waterway-related injuries occurring with institutions and companies on Lake Erie and the Ohio River may be covered under state workers’ compensation systems, but by filing a state-based claim, a worker may be denied federal coverage under larger and more beneficial protections under the Jones Act and Longshore Act. Longshore Act compensation frequently provides benefits that exceed what is available under state workers’ compensation systems. The Longshore Act more frequently favors injured workers. Any injured worker should contact a local lawyer to discuss compensation options after an accident.
Longshoremen and stevedores working on dry docks or piers, who are injured while loading, unloading, maintaining, or cleaning river barges or Great Lakes vessels, may file a federal claim under the Longshore Act. Longshore Act coverage may be extended to injured workers such as truck drivers moving ship parts or a mechanic working around a harbor.
Jones Act protections, however, are more geared toward seamen and crew members who are injured while on the water. Whether a worker is on shore or on the water, an injury due to employer or crew negligence may warrant a claim against an employer.
Some of the following injured persons may file a claim against their employer in cases of negligence:
- Barge Loaders
- Marine repairmen
- First Mates
- Boiler Workers
- Fork Lift Operator
- Crane operators
- Truck drivers
- Ship Fitter
- Towboat Crew
Compensation Available for Injured Ohio Lake Workers
Ohio has hundreds of miles of navigable waterways, and workers are regularly injured on or around the Ohio River, Lake Erie, or on other commercial docks and piers. Regardless of whether a worker is injured while on the water or on land, a successful claim against an employer is possible if negligence or defective equipment leads to an accident or wrongful death for river or lake workers.
If you or a loved one has suffered an occupational injury on or near an Ohio waterway, and have questions about the legal remedies available to improve quality of life and medical care, contact The Lyon Firm at (800) 513-2403. You will speak directly with Mr. Lyon, and he will help you answer these critical questions.